The Richard Onslow, Cranleigh – a great lunch while house-hunting

Emma and I have been house-hunting in the Surrey/Hampshire area and we happened upon the lovely village of Cranleigh, located 8 miles southeast of Guildford.

They market themselves as being the largest village in England and they do have a pleasant high street. Located in the village centre, the Richard Onslow offers a restaurant and rooms.

It may come as a surprise to some readers to find out that a lot of pubs and even restaurants don’t cook the food on-site but buy it in ready-cooked and just heat it up. Catering companies provide a bewildering array of ready-made meals to the food industry these days.


Happily, none of the tell-tale bought-in dishes like Hunter’s chicken on the menu at the Richard Onslow. Instead, there was a pleasing number of unique and delicious sounding options.

We shared the soup of the day to start. The wild mushroom flavour really came through, making it a perfect winter warmer dish. A dash of cream for a hint of decadence and crunchy homemade croutons.

I had the filled pancakes with ham and Gruyere cheese. Wow. The combination of ingredients is a classic but this was cooked to perfection. There was a nice charred edge to the pancake and the balance of ingredients was just right.

Emma had the pork ribeye, a cut I have never seen before but it was really good. Juicy and full of porcine goodness. I don’t know why we don’t see this cut more often.

Though we didn’t end up buying a house in Cranleigh, the Richard Onslow is a great place for food. The word isn’t en vogue these days, but it’s a gastropub in the best sense of the word.


Food: ★★★★★ Service: ★★★★☆ Ambiance: ★★★★☆ VFM: ★★★★☆ Overall: ★★★★★

Price:  Typical gastropub prices but well worth the money

The Richard Onslow
116-128 High Street, Cranleigh, Surrey GU6 8AU

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